Brewers add four to 40-man roster
NOV 20, 2013 5:30p ET
First baseman Hunter Morris, first baseman/outfielder Jason Rogers and right-handers Brooks Hall and Kevin Shackelford were all added, filling the four vacant spots on Milwaukee's 40-man roster.
Players signed when they are 18 years old must be added to the 40-man roster within five years and players signed at 19 years old within four years to avoid being eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
Morris had a disappointing season at Triple-A Nashville in 2013 after taking home the club's minor league player of the year honors in 2012. The 25-year-old hit .247 with 24 home runs and 73 RBI for the Sounds a year after posting a .303 batting average, 28 home runs and 113 RBI in Double-A.
Thought of as an early candidate to replace Corey Hart at first base, Morris wasn't given a September call up and spent all of last season in Triple-A. The Brewers opted to go with fill ins at the position instead of rushing one of their top prospects.
Morris will be in the mix at first base heading into next season, but Milwaukee is actively looking at various options for the position.
Milwaukee's minor league player of the year in 2013, Rogers broke out in Double-A this past season. Hitting .270 with 22 home runs and 87 RBI, the 25-year-old set career highs in home runs and RBI.
Rogers played at first base last year for the Sounds but is working to become a more versatile player. He played left field in the Arizona Fall League and is currently spending time at third base at the Brewers' academy in the Dominican Republic
Hall started 2013 with Class-A advanced Brevard County, posting a 2.78 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance. The 23-year-old was promoted to Huntsville where he made 13 starts and four outings out of the bullpen with a 4.01 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.
A converted catcher, Shackelford also split time between Brevard County and Huntsville last season, appearing in 24 games with two saves and a 5.06 ERA for the Manatees. The 24-year-old performed much better in Double-A, allowing just three earned runs (0.92 ERA) and saving six games in 20 outings out of the bullpen.
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